Reds Rebound against Gerrit Cole

Associated Press


Five days ago, Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole shut out the Cincinnati Reds for five innings.

On Friday night, the Reds scored three runs before Cole recorded an out, as Joey Votto hit an RBI double and Adam Duvall drove in two runs to jump-start the Reds to a 7-3 victory over the Pirates.

Billy Hamilton singled and scored, followed by a walk to Zach Cozart and consecutive doubles from Votto and Duvall as the first four Reds hitters of the game all reached base.

Cole (11-9) ended up allowing five earned runs and six hits in six innings. The difference this time was his fastball command, and the Reds took advantage.

“I made a mistake to Hamilton. I made a mistake to Duvall,” Cole said. “Really, the first inning with those two mistakes was kind of the big blow.”

Duvall also singled and scored in the third and reached on a fielder’s choice and scored in the eighth. Scooter Gennett had three hits for the Reds, including a triple off the top of the center field wall to lead off the sixth inning. Eugenio Suarez drove in Gennett in the sixth and Duvall in the eighth.

“That’s a good win,” Suarez said. “We’re playing hard and trying to win every game. For me, it was a really good game. After two strikeouts, I made my adjustments and tried to make those RBIs.”

Reds rookie Luis Castillo matched his shortest outing of the season, lasting four innings while allowing two runs and three hits. He struck out five.

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